Rights of Indigenous People

United Nations Declaration

Adopted by General Assembly resolution A/RES/61/295 of 2 October 2007.  Signed by Canada November 12 2010.

*note: this is not a legally binding document however Canada’s endorsement of the Declaration is indicative that all levels of government should strive towards the realization of the principles contained therein.  The courts, wherever possible, should interpret Canadian law in accordance with the principles set out in the Declaration.  The Canadian Human Rights Commission has stated publicly that it looks towards the Declaration as inspiration for its own work.[1]

[1] Canadian Human Rights Commission, “Public Statement on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (15 February 2008) online: <http://www.chrcccdp.ca/media_room/speeches-en.asp?id=455&content_type=2>.




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